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Tips for E-tutoring Students All Over the World

From Joseph, published on 02/05/2017 We Love Prof - UK > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to Give Online Tutorials

You’ve read our tips for becoming a tutor and offering in home tutorials. Your diary’s full, you’ve got different regular tutorials across various levels (primary through secondary), for different exams (GCSEs, A Levels), or to prepare those being tutored for university or college level.

But there’s a problem. What if you have to move and getting to all your weekly tutorials costs you both time and money?

Your students are too far away and you can’t provide academic tutoring at home.

Maybe you’re going to have to suggest another one on one tutor or somebody else to provide tutoring services… Hold on a second! That doesn’t mean you can’t guarantee academic success! Why don’t you become an online tutor and start e-tutoring?

It doesn’t matter what subject you teach: whether you’re a maths tutor, physics tutor, chemistry tutor, French tutor, English tutor, Spanish tutor, or a music tutor. Become an E tutor and start giving tutorials online!

How?

That’s what we’re going to cover in this article. In addition to tutorials at home, you can start providing online private tutorials to get more students!

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Find Out About Online Tutorials First

Let us agree, this doesn’t refer to students enrolled on online university courses like MOOCs but rather online one on one tutoring, offering French tutorials, German tutorials, geography tutorials, biology tutorials, history tutorials, the humanities or science courses. Whatever the subject you teach, you can teach it online as a private tutor!

Where can I teach online private classes? This could be your classroom for Italian tutorials!

Before you start, you need to know which tools you’ll need:

  • A computer: with a webcam and microphone so that the student being tutored can see and hear you like during an in home tutorial.
  • A good internet connection: so that your tutorials go smoothly and you can be clearly heard and seen.
  • Skype: which can be downloaded for free. This application allows you do voice and video chat with students from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. All you have do to is create an account by choosing a suitable username and password. Once your student has done the same, they’ll be able to see you live online!
  • PayPal: is the best option to make wire transfers. You’ll need to create an account for this, too. Simple, fast, free, and safe, everyone can now make their payments to you for your tutorials. It’s the ideal solution! You don’t need to give out your bank details to students!

If you already have plenty of students, no problem! You should consider offering live online tutorials as an extra, or advising your students to take them instead of their tutorials at home.

If, on the other hand, you’re just starting out in the world of one to one tutorials, you should check out our article on “Where to hold tutoring classes”.

Plenty of platforms and tutoring companies let you give online tutorials, find students, and get tutoring jobs: But you can also offer beginners’ tutorials, academic support, mentoring, or supplementary tuition on Superprof!

All you have to do is tick “online” when we ask for the location of your tutorials!

Are Rates for Online Tutors Lower?

Are you thinking of becoming a tutor? Sign up to Superprof and choose your rates now!

On Superprof it’s up to you to choose your rates and we’ve seen that the rates for online tutorials are not lower than those for tutorials at home.

Are online tutorials cheaper than in home tutorials? Sign up to Superprof.co.uk and choose your rates now!

For example, if you search for “French tutorials” in London, the face to face tutorials are £21 on average and the webcam tutorials are £19 on average. It’s win-win!

Don’t forget the many benefits:

  • Don’t lose any time traveling!: You’ll no longer be stuck in traffic jams in the after-school rush hour which is the perfect time for giving private tutorials. All you need to do is get settled in front of your computer in your living room or your office and wait for your tutee to get back from school or any extra-curricular activities and drop in to your virtual classroom. It’s so easy to tutor online!
  • More economic: no more travel costs, meaning you save money! You won’t have to pay for petrol or for parking any more! And if you use public transport, you won’t have to pay for tickets or travel cards any more!
  • No geographical limitations: you can give your online private tutorials anywhere in the world! It doesn’t matter if you’re in London and your student’s in Edinburgh, no worries! You tutorials will be guaranteed all the same!
  • More flexibility: if you want, you can provide tutorials at any time of the day! If your student heads off to their holiday home in the Costa del Sol, you can always contact them thanks to modern technology! This also works if you’re on a business trip!

Now you know how much private tutorials costs, have you decided where to teach? The next thing you’ll have to consider is writing a tutoring advert.

Are Online Private Tutorials Effective?

You’ll find people who doubt that online learning is as effective as traditional tutoring programs.

Are online tutorials effective? We need to shatter ideas on the effectiveness of online academic support!

Many of our private tutors offer free online tutoring for their first session. This gives the learner the chance to try out the tutorials and see whether they work for them or not.

It’s also a way to test whether online tutorials are effective and you might even have an idea of whether the student has what it takes to succeed by the end of the session.

What’s the difference between online tutoring services and an in home tutorial? Fair enough, you’re not right beside your student, but you can see them, talk to them, and use the same learning process as you would for a tutorial at home.

You’d think that being in front of a screen would cause the student to get distracted or be less serious about their lessons, right? In fact, online courses are no different than tutorials at home since the tutor is constantly watching their student.

Nathalie Alonso tried out English tutorials over Skype in order to improve and said: “In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by this solution. […] I was able to have conversation class after my break between two other meetings.”

It’s a huge opportunity for busy people who haven’t got the time or maybe don’t feel like having a tutor come to their house. This also means you can  provide tailored private tutorials.

Of course, the effectiveness of your tutorials depends on your student’s motivation, just like it would for an in home tutorial!

The Importance of Investing in Quality Audio and Video Equipment

Pay attention to a few “details” before starting your online tutorials:

  • The internet connection: make sure you have a good internet connection. Both you and your student need this so that the audio and video are synchronised and it doesn’t cut out. This would look bad for your private tutorials and hinder your student’s progress.
  • Communication: we communicate differently when we are face to face with someone and when we are looking at a computer. This could cause a few problems for your student in the beginning. Since adjusting to online academic support could take some time, you should probably prepare for it, right?

What equipment do I need for online private tutorials? This isn’t the best way to communicate with your student!

It’s advisable to invest in quality audio and video equipment. This is also one of the key qualities that make a good private tutor.

In fact, your computer’s webcam probably doesn’t capture high-quality video. And the built-in microphone? The less said about it, the better! It’ll pick up background noise and make noises that’ll make your tutorials difficult to understand.

Here’s our advice:

  • Invest in an external webcam that captures high-quality video. Something between £20 and £60 should provide the quality you need. This is especially important if you provide guitar tutorials, piano tutorials, violin tutorials, or even drum tutorials.
  • If you have a video camera or camera that records high-quality video, you can usually connect these to a computer and use them as a webcam, as long they’re not from the stone-age, of course!
  • Buy a headset, too. You’ll understand your student better with headphones and they’ll understood you better if the microphone is closer to your mouth. The starting price for quality headsets is around £25 and can go all the way up to £80. This is hugely important for language lessons since comprehension is key! In fact, language tutoring is already very popular online and if you’re a language tutor, speak a foreign language, or teach language courses, you should really be heading to the shops for your headset now!

If you want to become a tutor, when you create your advert for online private tutoring, don’t forget to mention to students wanting to find a tutor that you use quality equipment!

The Advantages of Using a Computer for your Tutorials

If you like to always make use of a particular book, handout, or worksheet, for online tutorials there are several indispensable tools to help you refine your methodology:

  • Skype Screen Share: You can share your screen with your student. For example, during a maths tutorial, you can work through algebra, trigonometry, or geometry exercises together on screen, or display graphs. You could even use it to show students pages from a particular textbook!
  • Google Docs: Sharing documents is simple with Google Docs! All you need is a Google account and Google Docs allows you to create and share documents with several users. The student and the tutor can also write on the same document at the same time. It’s a perfect solution for doing and correcting exercises in real time, note taking, and reviewing their work! You can use it to clarify points students don’t understand.
  • Email and Whatsapp: If your student has to send you an exercise you’ve given them, nothing is simpler than an email! They can also just take a photo of their work on their smartphone and send it via Whatsapp. The app, which links to your mobile phone number, can send your student’s exercise straight to you and you can send a photo of their feedback and corrections straight back to them!
  • Geogebra: This is very useful for maths tutors. Especially for the tutors providing academic support or supplemental instruction for geometry, algebra, calculus, trigonometry, and statistics.

In short:

  • The Internet is now an indispensable tool for private tutors! Any educator passionate about teaching should know that the best tutors know how to use the internet.
  • The rates for tutoring online are the same as those for private home tutoring: between £15 and £30 an hour, depending on the subject, the level, and the private tutor’s experience. Why don’t you schedule a tutorial today?
  • As long as the student is motivated, an online tutorial is just as effective as a tutorial at home!
  • If you want to get started, get some good audio and video equipment so that you can provide quality online tutorials!
  • You need to make the most of the online tools available to you to provide the best online tutorials you can!

Convinced? We’re waiting for you to join the other Superprofs and help students looking for a good private tutor for exam preparation, test prep, academic support, supplementary instruction, to develop study skills, complete an assignment or just for some homework help.

Now find out What Qualities Make a Good Private Tutor.

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